Staying Afloat – How to survive the busiest weeks of college
Fall semester is in full swing and if your schedule is anything like mine, classes are just beginning to take off. To-do lists, projects, and exams all seem to be piling up and it can be a bit overwhelming. Juggling it all while maintaining a healthy mind and healthy lifestyle certainly does not come easy. Life persistently keeps getting busier and busier and we often sacrifice our well-beings to stay on top of everything. This often means sacrificing necessary hours of sleep, missing out on needed exercise, and resorting to unhealthy eating options. While we are all guilty of this now and then, falling into these habits will make for an even more stressful college experience.
Now, you might be wondering how this is preventable when there is so much to do… And while always easier said than done, here are some helpful things to keep in mind when managing our all too busy college schedules.
- Meal Planning
Remember the time you skipped a meal because there was just too much to do and not enough time to eat? Or maybe you were feeling so stressed and overwhelmed that your body simply forgot to remind you to eat. This happens to the best of us, but it could be easily prevented by meal prep. From my experience, I have learned that it takes just as much time to make five servings as it does to make one. This is why meal prep is so helpful during those busy weeks – when you don’t have time to make a healthy meal, it will already be made for you! Most importantly though – make sure you’re eating… The body needs fuel to be productive!
When the going gets tough, sleep is usually the first to go. And while sometimes losing a little sleep is unavoidable, we are actually more productive on a rested mind.
Breaks are a necessary part of maintaining a positive attitude. Take a break at least every two hours. Do something for yourself – get up and move around, grab something to snack on, breathe – you got this.
- COFFEE… in moderation
We all need a little pick me up here and there – and during those busy weeks maybe more often than usual. Bottom line is that coffee is rarely a bad idea – just consume in moderation. 🙂
- Get to the gym
College can be stressful, really stressful. And when we are feeling that stressed, it often feels like we don’t have time for anything other than classwork. But reality is – getting active actually relieves stress. So while there may not be much time, there’s always enough time to for a quick workout to get you in the right head space.
- Finally, find a positive working atmosphere
Just think – countless hours go into earning a college degree. So, wouldn’t you want to spend those hours in a place you enjoy? It doesn’t have to be our college’s library…there are many other places that serve as great study spots. Whether it be alone or with company – in your room or a favorite coffee shop… It’s as simple as finding a place you like be that will make the hard times so much better.
Thanks for reading and remember – you got this!